Mazda 2: Winter Driving

Carry emergency gear, including tyre chains, window scraper, fl ares, a small shovel, jumper leads, and a small bag of sand or salt.

Ask an expert repairer, we recommend an Authorised Mazda Repairer to check the following:

NOTE

Snow Tyres

WARNING

Use only the same size and type tyres (snow, radial, or non-radial) on all four wheels: Using tyres different in size or type is dangerous. Your vehicle's handling could be greatly affected and result in an accident.

CAUTION

Check local regulations before using studded tyres.

Use snow tyres on all four wheels

Do not exceed the maximum permissible speed for your snow tyres or legal speed limits.

Europe

When snow tyres are used, select the specified size and pressure (page 9-10).

Tyre Chains

Check local regulations before using tyre chains.

CAUTION

NOTE

Use of tyre chains on a vehicle equipped with 185/60R16 tyres could cause interference with the vehicle body and scratching. If tyre chains are to be used, replace both the front and rear tyres with 185/65R15 tyres and replace both the front and rear wheels with genuine Mazda 15-inch wheels of the same size, and use genuine Mazda tyre chains. Consult an expert repairer, we recommend an Authorised Mazda Repairer.

Install the chains on the front tyres only.

Do not use chains on the rear tyres.

Tyre chain selection (Europe)

Mazda recommends hexagon type steel ring chains. Select the proper type according to your tyre size.

Tyre chain selection (Europe)


NOTE

Although Mazda recommends hexagon type steel ring chains, all chains within the installation specifications may be used.

Installation specifi cation (Europe)

When installing tyre chains, the distance between the tyre tread and the chain must be within the prescribed limits in the following table.


Installation specifi cation (Europe)


Installing the chains

  1. If your vehicle is equipped with wheel covers remove them, otherwise the chain bands will scratch them.
  2. Secure the chains on the front tyres as tightly as possible. Always follow the chain manufacturer's instructions.
  3. Retighten the chains after driving 1/2—1 km (1/4—1/2 mile).

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